Yvonne Lorraine Campbell
March 9, 1928 – October 20, 2017
Yvonne Campbell passed away peacefully at the age of 89 at Haven Hill Retirement Centre.
Predeceased by her devoted husband Orley in June 2017, she will be dearly missed by her four children, Kelvin (Bonnie), Sharleen (Jeff), Gary (Rhonda), Linda (Mike).
She was a caring grandmother of 11 and proud great-grandmother of 9.
Yvonne was born and raised in Brownvale, Alberta, the youngest daughter of nine children. After attending Teacher’s College in Edmonton at the University of Alberta, she taught in various one-room schoolhouses in the Peace River area. While teaching in Deadwood, she met the love of her life, Orley Campbell. They were married in 1951 and enjoyed 66 happy years together.
With 4 children in tow, Mom and Dad moved to the Okanagan in 1965, residing mainly in Penticton & Summerland. Mom taught at Queen’s Park and O’Connell Elementary Schools in Penticton, and was also Dad’s partner in his lawn mower repair shop.
“Behind every successful man there is a great woman” – Mom fit this to a tee. She was a loving and supportive woman, who faithfully followed her husband wherever life took them. Mom always ensured that Dad could find his tools, his glasses, his keys, and she kept him well fed and watered. Her patience was tested many times, especially since they moved house over 35 times in their married life!
Mom and Dad were active members of their church where Mom taught Sunday School, led Bible Studies, and served on many committees. Over the past 30 years, she generously sponsored dozens of World Vision foster children. Their church involvement took them to many parts of the world volunteering with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Gleanings for the Hungry.
They also traveled throughout the US and Canada in their RV, wintering and golfing in Yuma, Arizona with their friends.
Making jigsaw puzzles, playing board games and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave her hours of great delight. She also loved to read, bake, play the piano and garden.
Mom was fortunate to have led a long and happy life, and she will be lovingly remembered forever by all who knew her.
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Haven Hill for caring for Mom over the past five years.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Parkinson Society of BC or World Vision Canada.
A private family service will be held prior to the interment of ashes at Lakeview Cemetery.